5 Things You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid, you’ve probably heard of this ingredient when it comes to skincare lately. Is it safe? Is it going to do more harm than good for your skin? Let’s delve deeper shall we?
What is hyaluronic acid and what does it do?
Acids usually bring an image of burning or peeling, but it is actually none of those things. Hyaluronic acid is packed full of benefits that help boost the health of your skin!
Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a carbohydrate molecule naturally found in our dermis. It plays an important part in our skin’s health.
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When we’re young it is found in large amounts in our body, but as we age this amount decreases. By the time we reach adulthood this amount decreases to 5%. Hyaluronic Acid can be found in connective tissue, our eyes, and mostly in our skin.
A study researching the effectiveness of hyaluronic acid for treating wrinkles, skin hydration and the elasticity of skin on women with an average age of 45 found that after a period of 8 weeks it helps the skin hold larger amounts of moisture.
Hyaluronic acid provides tons of moisture
Did you know that the hyaluronic acid molecule is able to hold up to 1,000 times is weight in water? Hyaluronic acid works as a humectant, staying on your skin’s surface holding moisture like a magnet so that it can be absorbed by the cells in your skin.
Many Anti-Aging Benefits
More moisture in our skin means that it will be more supple, helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. Added to less wrinkles, with added moisture, our skin looks firmer and toned.
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Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Hyaluronic acid also contains antioxidant properties that help fight against free radicals on the skin. Free radicals can break down the collagen in our skin, leading to more visible wrinkles and less firm skin. A study also found that hyaluronic acid helps reduce inflammation, even being used to help with arthritis.
Boosts the Health of Your Skin and Helps Protect It
Hyaluronic acid helps support your skin’s ability to heal and repair itself, plus it helps improve its protective barrier. All this by providing moisture! When your skin is dehydrated it can become weaker and vulnerable to damage.
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It Can Be Used In Many Ways
Hyaluronic acid comes in a variety of ways and can even be found in some makeup items. For best results, try looking for products that contain at least 1% hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid serums are ideal for people with dry skin, because they have a thinner consistency and usually have better concentrations in order to deliver better results. Hyaluronic acid can also be found in moisturizers and even misting sprays.
Hyaluronic acid can even be found in supplements, mainly for joint pain and osteoarthritis. Taken as a supplement, it can help reduce inflammation and lubricate the skin’s connective tissues in joints and skin.
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We have now reached the end of our list! Hyaluronic acid can be a great addition to any skincare routine with its ultra-hydrating properties to really help boost the health of your skin.
Because hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in our skin, it is great for all skin types and poses little risk for irritation or allergic reaction. This doesn’t mean you should go bathing in hyaluronic acid straight away! Like with any new product, make sure to follow the instructions and to first do a patch test on a small area of skin.
Have you used any products with hyaluronic acid in them? Let us know what your results have been in the comments below!